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Overview

Why read the Bible? Gerd Theissen uses the wisdom gained from decades of teaching Bible instruction at a state university to address questions of the Bible's relevance in a postmodern, pluralistic society. He describes the core themes and enduring value of the biblical legacy for anyone seeking to be a well-informed, self-aware, and responsible citizen, and he commends the contributions the Bible can make to interreligious and secular conversation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800638634
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,318,675
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     ix
Why Any Educated Person Should Know the Bible     1
The Bible's Contribution to Understanding Reality     1
The Natural Sciences
The Social Sciences
The Humanities
Understanding the Bible as a Path to Understanding Ourselves     10
Understanding a Common Past
Communication in a Shared Present
The Bible's Contribution to Individual Identity
An Outsider's View: The Findings of an Imagined Study of Religion     15
An Insider's View: The Indispensability of Religion     21
Biblical "Essentials"     25
What Are the "Elementals" in the Bible?     26
The Bible's Basic Thought Structure
A Foundation for Learning and Life
Basic Structures and Contents of the Bible
What Is "Dialogical" in the Bible?     32
Dialogue with the Secular World
Interreligious Dialogue
Interconfessional Dialogue
The Heart of the Bible: Core Themes     35
The Two Basic Beliefs of Christian Faith     37
Monotheism
Belief in a Redeemer
Core Themes of Biblical Faith     42
Creation
Wisdom
Miracle
Alienation
Hope
Conversion
Exodus
Substitution
Divine Indwelling
Faith
Love (Agape)
Status Reversal
Judgment
Justification
Reading the Bible with Christ as Core     67
Forms and Themes     71
The Biblein Dialogue with a Pluralistic World     75
The Bible in Dialogue with Contemporary Secular Culture     76
Faith in God and Secular Experience
Faith in a Redeemer and Secular Experience
Secular Points of Entry for the Core Themes of the Bible
The Bible in Dialogue with Other Religions     100
Religious Typologies as an Attempt for an Overview of Religions
Judaism and the Bible: The Old Testament
Islam and the Bible: God and Jesus in the Qur'an
Hinduism and the Bible: Ahimsa and Nonviolence
Buddhism and the Bible: Anti-Darwinism as a Common Denominator?
The Bible and a Pluralistic Theory of Religion
The Bible in Interconfessional Dialogue     142
The Institution as Absolute: Catholicism and the Protestant Principle
The Letter as Absolute: Fundamentalism and the Protestant Principle
"Works" as Absolute: Social Moralism and the Protestant Principle
Conclusion     150
Notes     153
Index of Ancient Texts     155
Index of Names and Subjects     159
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